You do not need to be watching Julia Roberts on a movie to recognize her spontaneous, deep down from inside laugh, it is just that familiar. Many critics refer to it as annoying or grating, but if you are a fan you will find it infectious. I personally find her toothy smile and deep bellied laugh contagious, and with that laugh, Julia Roberts has managed to maintain her sex appeal, and she continues to star in box office movies, work behind the scenes and stay active in the movie industry by pulling off a voice role in Ant Bully and she managed to get caught in Charlotte’s Web as the voice of Charlotte herself.
Julia Roberts is the typical Scorpio woman, born on October 28, 1967, she depends on her gut instincts and draws off of the many mistakes that she has blindly been lead into. She is passionate, caring, moody, talented, magnetic, and carries with her a mischievous charm that is noticed by the public as it comes through in every part that she plays. She is articulate and a savvy business woman which is why she has staying power where other weaker souls would have failed.
Julie Fiona Roberts was born and raised in Smyrna, Georgia being the last of three children, to proud parents Betty and Walter Roberts. Her older siblings Eric and Lisa are also actors, and although they have not matched their sister’s success, they still manage to make a living from acting and have even co-starred with Julia. Growing up Julia had a love for animals that drove her to want to become a veterinarian. By the time she had enrolled into CampbellHigh School her interests did a complete 360, and her goal was entirely focused on journalism. Her 5’9″ frame was not ignored by admirers who felt that she should go into modeling. With some persuasion from these admirers Julia signed on with the Click Modeling Agency while enrolling in acting classes.
Julia was a natural and her brother Eric Roberts, already an actor, convinced Director Eric Masterson to consider Julia for a small part in his movie “Blood Red”. She nailed the part and played opposite her brother. The movie was finally released in 1989, despite being completed in 1986. Julia had found her niche and turned towards acting after she managed to pick up a few small parts in 1987 on Crime Story and Firehouse. Her first real exposure came when she appeared in Mystic Pizza and Satisfaction a year later.
When Steel Magnolia’s hit the screen in 1989, Julia Roberts was beginning to receive the recognition that she deserved and her new fans instantly fell in love with her. 1990 brought us even more of The Pretty Woman as she warmed us over with her antics in this popular movie that co-starred Richard Gere. Their onscreen chemistry was a match made in heaven and it was electrifying to watch the love story unfold. Julia nailed the part of Vivian, a hooker who falls in love with a businessman who has hired her to accompany him to various functions. The movie received rave reviews, and in 1991 Julia received Best Actress in a Motion Picture Award from the Golden Globes.
Julia soon became one of the highest paid actresses in the business and one of Hollywood’s most bankable movie stars, and 1997 brought us even more of Julia with “My Best Friend’s wedding”. Her radiance clearly came through as she learns that she has fallen in love with her best friend, played by Dermott Mulroney who is preparing to marry Kimberly, played by Cameron Diaz. Julia’s beautiful red mane and vulnerability tip the scales in her favor, but Kimberly befriends her which starts a frenzy of lies and deceit. In the end Julia shines despite the fact that she has not been a very good friend at all throughout the whole movie, up until the very end. Her fans must have thought better of her as she managed to pick up a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for favorite actress and best performance in a movie comedy.
Runaway Bride was released in 1999 and devoted fans could not wait for the pairing of the pretty woman with Richard Gere once again after beating out Sandra Bullock for the part. Another special surprise is that Julia’s sister Lisa also played a small role in the movie as Elaine from Manhattan. The chemistry between Ike, Richard Gere and Maggie, Julia Roberts has never died and the movie sizzles with a comedic/romantic flavor that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
In 2000 her Oscar winning performance in Erin Brockovich was ranked #31 on the American Film Institute’s Heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains. Fans were not used to seeing a foul mouthed, loud, and provocatively dressed Julia, but she brought out the best attributes of the character and the story line which was based off of true events. Julia’s natural instincts took over and her wittiness shined throughout the entire movie from playing the part of a mother to a loud office worker, and eventually to a tough woman on a mission that brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.
Julia has managed to stay busy, both with Hollywood and her personal life. Other movie credits include Baja Oklahoma, Mirror Image, Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dying Young, Hook, Pelican Brief, I Love Trouble, Stepmom, Notting Hill, The Mexican, America’s Sweethearts, Ocean’s Eleven, Grand Champion, Full Frontal, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Mona Lisa Smile, Closer, Ocean’s Twelve, The Ant Bully, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and The Friday Night Knitting Club (2008).
Julia’s Personal Life
Relationships have not been Julia’s strong point over the years with broken engagements, a failed marriage, and several high profile boyfriends along the way that have stirred critics to a decision that her behavior is reckless, but in the face of adversity she has managed to overcome the mold that mean spirited paparazzi have firmly tried to set her into. That mold was broke when Julia met and fell head over heels in love with cameraman Danny Moder on the set of Ocean’s Twelve and married him two years later in Taos, New Mexico in what would become the actresses best 4th of July celebration to date. The ceremony was held at midnight to keep eagle-eyed paparazzi from swarming in on her special day. Comfortable and happy in her new role as a wife, her family became complete on November 28th, 2004, when twins Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus Walter Moder, arriving a month early, made her a mother for the first time. Satisfied and content, she has reached the peak of beauty now that she has her children.
Facts about Julia Roberts
Born Julie Fiona Roberts, the actress changed her name to Julia when applying for her Screen Actors Guild Card after discovering that there was another Julie Roberts.
Julia has been on People Magazine’s list of The 50 Most Beautiful People a record 8 times.
Julia is America’s highest paid actress, demanding $25 million per film.
Her love interests include ex-husband Lyle Lovett, Benjamin Bratt, ex-fiancé Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dylan McDermott, Matthew Perry and Liam Neeson.
Julia lies on her back to have her make-up applied before going onto a film set because she feels that it gives her a relaxed look.
Julia Robert’s is hoping to co-star with her 15-year-old actor niece, Emma Roberts, in the film adaptation of Kate Jacobs’ chick lit debut, “Friday Night Knitting Club.” Emma would play her aunt’s daughter in the film.
Roberts owns a ranch of more than 40 acres outside Taos, New Mexico, and has recently purchased 37 more acres of land in Taos County, New Mexico, from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The property sits near the community of Arroyo Seco, where she had her wedding ceremony in 2002.
Julia was married to singer Lyle Lovett for 21 months, from 1993 to 1995.
Julia admits to being grossly overpaid.
Julie auditioned for a role in All My Children but she was turned down.
Julia has promoted a number of charitable causes over the years, serving as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador to Haiti in 1995 and testifying before Congress on behalf of the International Rett Syndrome Association in 2002.
She learned to ride horses at the riding school opened by her paternal grandfather, and loved animals in general, following the local vet on his rounds and often returning home with stray or injured creatures.
At age 10, Julia’s 47 year old father Walter died from cancer. He was disillusioned and unfulfilled, making young Julie desperate to make a success of herself (in fact, she later claimed this event was like a re-birth).
She is among the highest paid stars in the world, male or female, and owns homes in New York, the Hollywood hills and Taos, New Mexico.
She runs the Shoelace Production Company, and the company’s first production was the movie “Stepmom”.